Maxed Out: Yamaha’s Yard Built VMAX custom

Maxed Out: Yamaha’s Yard Built VMAX custom

The mighty V-Max is thirty years old this year. And it’s still making the news—for both the right and the wrong reasons. Its creator, Kenji Ekuan of GK Design, died a few days ago. Ekuan isn’t as well known as European designers such as Massimo… Read more »

Super Scrambler: Analog’s old-school Ducati

Super Scrambler: Analog’s old-school Ducati

Tony Prust of Analog Motorcycles is an old-fashioned craftsman. He can turn his hand to fine woodworking as well as metallurgy, and his Chicago-based workshop turns out bikes that are functional as well as beautifully finished. Tony eschews fashion, but there’s often a stroke of… Read more »

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Barely Legal: Maria’s stripped-back Bonneville

Barely Legal: Maria’s stripped-back Bonneville

Most custom shops would relish the opportunity to take a second crack at a build—especially if it was one of their early efforts. So the crew at Lisbon’s Maria Motorcycles must have been smiling when this Triumph Bonneville found its way back onto their bench.… Read more »

CRD’s XR 1200: the Harley That Should Have Been

CRD’s XR 1200: the Harley That Should Have Been

Back in 2008, the Harley XR 1200 had everything going for it. Launched in Europe but styled with an American flat track vibe, it was a nod to the much-loved XR750. American magazines went gaga over the XR, citing the 91-horsepower engine and quality suspension.… Read more »

Just For Kicks: Macco Motors’ XS400

Just For Kicks: Macco Motors’ XS400

Most custom builders don’t enjoy messing with electrics: they’ll install a lithium-ion battery to save weight and leave it at that. More adventurous workshops might rip out the fuses and install a control box like the Motogadget m-Unit. Jose and Tito of Macco Motors have… Read more »

Go Fast, Turn Left: The RSD Ameri-Tracker

Go Fast, Turn Left: The RSD Ameri-Tracker

Flat track is where it’s at. It’s a shot of adrenaline for both fans and racers, and the ‘go fast, turn left’ bikes look terrific. It’s also one of the few codes where Harley is still competitive. The XR-750 ruled the roost in the 70s,… Read more »

Ready to race: Sacha Lakic’s CX500 cafe

Ready to race: Sacha Lakic’s CX500 cafe

Who’d have thought that the humble Honda CX500 would one day join the CB750 and SR500 as a staple of custom builders? The poor man’s Guzzi—once loved only by despatch riders—has fast become the sweetheart of the custom world. The CX500 works best when builders… Read more »

Turning The Harley 883 Into A Scrambler

Turning The Harley 883 Into A Scrambler

It looks like 2015 is going to be the Year Of The Scrambler. It’s fast becoming the dominant genre on the new wave custom scene, and manufacturers are getting into the act too. As everyone knows, Ducati has joined Triumph in offering a factory scrambler—and… Read more »